Grateful Dead Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds on 1983-07-31
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Ernie Dodd
- 2004-06-20 16:44:55
- Ventura, CA
Subject: my recollections
Subject: Happy Birthday
I want to add to the first post who complained about Garcia not acknowledging the crowd for a pre-show 'Happy Birthday'. I honestly don't even remember a pre-show rendition. Must not have been much.
But what I do recall is that at the end of Not Fade Away, after the crowd chant quieted, the band came out for the encore. Bob, Phil and Jerry took their positions at the mics, Drummers and Brent their seats. Then suddenly they all, except Jerry, hurried to just off-stage leaving Jerry alone at his mic in front of the crowd. That's when 'Happy Birthday' was sung. An embarrassed Jerry looked over at his laughing bandmates and painfully endured our affection.
No, he didn't say anything to the crowd. But we did get a double encore.
An exceptional Deal, the rest is solid summer '83 stuff.
Subject: JACK STRAW
Subject: better than you think
Subject: uh huh
Subject: Rippin set! Great audience show.
The intro on bucket is slinky and sort of 'confised' as it is still beign refined as a new tune. The scarlet is very tight- great long inro- they jam for 1:31 before garcia hits the firts verse. Nice long fun intro. Crowd is into it but you do no hear but a few people. There is no crowd noice to this audience show. I had this blasitng last night on my way back from a family outing and it was on fire. Check out the other >warfrat. Jerry sings sooo sweetly- his inflexctions adn holding of the notes lets us know he is not just singing this for the heck of it- he is into it. NFA to close was tetering on 70's style jamming.
I give this show a 3.5 starts for sound and a 5 stars for what I hear iin the music, unlike rob001 below who has decided he needs to type in all caps adn be angry about wind and heat...dude get oover it. The show rocks. I wish there was a sbd of it. Scarlet>fire is 25 minutes long. It may have been hot but the miusic never sufffered.
I was not there and saw my first show 4 years after this one. A ocnservative 4 stars for thi sh0w. You will nto be disappointed unless all you every listended to you entire life is A+ sbds.
This show deserves respect in the lineage of deadshows.
Subject: It rips!
Subject: a nice trip
I REMEMBER IT VIVIDLY AS I WAS THERE. IT SO SO FUCKING HOT I MEAN HOT! DID I SAY IT WAS HOT. YEA, REALLY HOT AND WINDY. REALLY FUCKING WINDY. OHH, I ALMOST FORGOT, THE DUST, SO FRIGGIN HOT,WINDY AND DUSTY THEY SHOULD HAVE CANCELED.
I MEAN IT.
IT WAS AN AWFUL VENUE. A RACE TRACK. A DIRT RACE TRACK. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A PROBLEM WITH DAVID'S ACCOUNT OF THIS SHOW "WORST EVER", "TURNING POINT", ETC, BECAUSE HE WAS NEITHER ON STAGE OR IN THE AUDIANCE. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME BACKSTAGE DRINKING FOR FREE OR IN AN AIR CONDITIONED TRAILER. I REMEMBER BOB HAVING TO STOP MID SONG AND WIPE HIMSELF DOWN HE WAS SWEATING SO MUCH. I REMEMBER BILLY GETTING SAND IN HIS EYE'S AND HAVING TO STOP AS WELL. HARD TO GIVE A GOOD PREFORMANCE IN THOSE CONDITIONS. THE HEAT,WIND, AND DUST WERE ABSOLUTLEY RIDICULOUS.
I HAVE GEN 0 TAPE'S OF THE ENTIRE WEEKEND THAT I MADE MYSELF AND THEY ARE INAUDIBLE DUE TO THE WIND. ANOTHER IN THE LONG LIST OF HAD TO BE THERE TO UNDERSTAND SHOWS. DONT BLAME IT ALL ON JERRY'S PROBLEM.
Subject: Different Take.....
Subject: Not as good as Saturday
Subject: Jerry's Brithday
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